What inspires? What sparks creation?

There are as many answers to this as there are ideas. Leading clients through the ideation process is one of the several services we provide at Dawn. Often we use quotes to spark a discussion. We seek out quotes where the writer skillfully uses words to express and illuminate an idea in a powerful or provocative way. You’ll find some of our favorites here, including ones that have the power to alter a mindset. If you’re looking for a favorite author or a particular subject, use our search function to find these quotes from the illuminating nuggets we’ve collected.

When you arise in the morning

When you arise in the morning, think about what a precious privilege it is to be alive. To breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

– Marcus Aurelius

What is a weed?

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

What you do makes a difference

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.

– Jane Goodall

Pema-Chodron_The Future is completely open

“The future is completely open, and we are writing it moment to moment.”

– Pema Chödrön

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

– Maya Angelou

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The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.

– Native American saying

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The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

– Lao Tzu

Making the simple complicated

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.

– Charlie Mingus

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You only lose what you cling to

– The Buddha

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Change your thoughts and you change your world.

– Norman Vincent Peale

We are the landscape of all we have seen.

– Isamu Noguchi

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Nothing endures but change.

– Heraclitus

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Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.

– Maya Angelou

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It is never too late to be what you might have been.

– George Eliot

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If you hate your work, leave. If you hate your hate, leave that too.

– Buddhist proverb

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Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us.

– John N. Mitchell

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If one lights a fire for others, it will also brighten one’s own way.

– Buddhist proverb

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May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.

– Irish blessing

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No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.

– Aristotle

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Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.

– George Bernard Shaw

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